SWE is formed-“National Organization” created at Camp Green
-Loosely connecting “sections” women engineers and engineer students
-BOD is created with 5 officers, 3 directors at large, and 1 director from each section
-Predecessor of both today’s BOD and Senate
EC and CSR Structure Created-The BOD had grown too large due to the number of sections and 8 student sections had not representation
BOD is dissolved in favor of bicameral (2 house) governing structure
-Executive Committee (EC) – Executive and Administrative arm of the Society
4 Officers and 5 Additional Voting Members
-Council of Section Representatives (CSR) – Legislative arm
--1 Meeting per year at convention (1st 1959)
--Students could attend meeting but no vote
--1 MAL appointed by the President
Collegiate Voice Added-CSR approved student representation on the CSR
-Students were organized in 4 “Regions” I, II, III, IV
-Students 1st voted in 1976
Additional MAL Representation-Voted to increase the number of MAL Representatives from 1 to 2
Early Talk of Restructure-In the fall of FY81 Long Range Planning Committee recommended hiring an Executive Director, expanding Staff, and moving to a Region Structure
-In June 1981 at Convention EC and CSR discussed regionalization and referred it back to Long Range Planning
-The plan was worked for 2 years before being presented to the CSR in 1983
Larger Collegiate Voice-1982 Increased to 6 Collegiates with 2 new “Regions”
Options/Vote for CSR-7 Region Structure that the CSR amended to 10 Region Structure of today with 1 minor change
-Collegiate Regions to be realigned to match professional Regions
-Majority Proposal for Restructure
--21 Member BOD
---5 Officers, 14 Directors (10 region directors, 2 at large, 2 student), past president, and executive director
--Region Councils Replace CSR
---Bylaws and due changes handled at region level
-Minority Proposal for Restructure
--Move to regions without EC or CSR changes
Regionalization and Debate of Council Role-1984 CSR meeting more improvements made to both plans and EC feedback added
-Ultimately in FY85 by mail ballot voted to:
--Establish 10 Regions
--Move from EC to BOD
--Add Region Directors to the BOD
--Leave the CSR intact
--Create Region Councils
--Move Professional Sections to Proportional Representation
---1 vote per 100 up to 4
MAL Representation Changes-CSR amended by-laws to have regional MAL Representation
--Before this CSR was capped at 4 MAL Representatives elected MAL wide.
--Region by-laws required region MALs, but not all region MALs were on CSR and not all MAL CSRs were served on region councils
CSR Transition Team Forms-Motion is passed at CSR meeting to create a task force to examine the future role of the council
CSR name change to COR-Voted to change name to Council of Representatives (COR)
--Name was more inclusive of collegiates and MALs
Bylaws change and reorganization-At FY04 Meeting COR voted to change role from chief policy making body to a more strategic body
-Now COR to develop and adopt the long range goals for the Society
-Retained ability to set dues and approve bylaws changes
-Created Speaker and Deputy Speaker Roles
Region get collegiate 2nd vote for >1000 collegians-Based on idea from FY07 RCRs, FY08 RCRs proposed increasing collegiate representation from 1 per region to 1 per 1,000 collegiates not to exceed 2.
-FY08 COR approved motion and in FY09 14 RCRs
International Members added-International Members gained representation on COR
Vote to change from COR to Senate-The Governance FIG began exploring the role of the COR moving forward in ~2006
-The Mega issue at the 2007 conference was the structure and role of the COR moving forward.
-Coming out of the COR meeting in FY08 the GFIG was tasked with proposing a new structure for COR
--Focusing on how to make the group more effective
FY10 SenateThe FY10 Senate was the first group of Senators to take on the new role.
Removal of AlternatesIn FY13, the senate voted to remove the alternate role except for international senators.
New SWE LogoA special projects committee was formed and agreed with the BOD on moving forward with a special project on branding. The senate voted on the new logo and other branding campaigns in FY15.
Electronic Bylaws VotingThe senate passed an amendment to allow for electronic voting on bylaws changes. This change has stricter requirements for how an item will pass or not.
Governance Changes ApprovedThe Senate approved motions granting collegiate members full voting rights, dissolving U.S. geographical regions, and establishing the five standing committees: audit, bylaws, ethics, finance, and nominating to conduct the business of the Society.